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Marcus Sedgwick returns with a heart-stopping, beautifully crafted novel featuring Peter from My Swordhand is Singing, set many years later but still on the trail of the Shadow Queen. Venice, the fabled city with its lapping waterways, crumbling magnificence, and dark twisting alleyways is the perfect setting for this captivating gothic novel of love and loss in the 18th century. Interwoven with the story of Peter are Marko and Sorrel, who are both seeking to discover why their fathers have disappeared. Each of them get caught up in a terrible and bloody struggle of life and death and the forces of good and evil. Once again, Sedgwick is at his beguiling best in this novel and it’s almost certainly heading for all the major book award shortlists.
Years on from My Swordhand Is Singing, Peter is still on the trail of the Shadow Queen. His search leads him to Venice, a city whose beauty disguises many ugly secrets. Marko and Sorrel meet there for the first time. Drawn together by the mystery of what has happened both to Sorrel's father, as some strange madness prevents him from sleeping, and Marko's father, a doctor who has been imprisoned for trying to help his old friend. Marko and Sorrel's search will take them from the city to Murano where her father, Simono, a renowned glassmaker had been fashioning a tiara for the enchanting and enigmatic Venetia. The tiara is, Sorrel believes, unfinished and worse still it's gone missing. Venetia wants it in time for the coronation of the Doge. From there they follow a more sinister path which will lead them to an unholy massing of the Shadow Queen's new vampire army on the plague islands of the lagoon, and to Peter as he prepares for his last battle. This fabled city with its lapping waterways, its crumbling magnificence, dark, twisting alleyways and surprising piazzas is the perfect setting for Marcus's captivating gothic novel of love and loss in C18th Venice.
|Publication date:||1st September 2008|
|Publisher:||Orion Publishing Co|
|Suitable for:||11+ readers|
One of the World Book Day 2015 Authors Marcus was our Guest Editor in July 2010. Click here to see all his selections. Marcus began to write seriously in 1994, and his first book, Floodland, was published by Orion in 2000, and won the Branford-Boase award for best debut children's novel. Witch Hill followed in 2001, and was nominated for an Edgar Allan Poe Award. The Kiss of Death was published in paperback in April 2009, and picked up a thread from his highly acclaimed My Swordhand is Singing (winner of the 2007 Booktrust Teenage Book Award). In between came what Marcus calls “my big ...More About Marcus Sedgwick